Sticks and stones - will make good wine (Bodega Frutos Villar, Spain)

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Bodega Frutos Villar, Cigales, Castilla y Leon, Spain, stock photography samples, by Per Karlsson, BKWine.

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Bodega Frutos Villar is a winery in the Cigales DO (Denominacion de Origen) in Castilla y Leon (Castile and Leon) in Spain. Cigales is a small town close to the city of Valladolid where they have their Bodegas Calderona winery. Frutos Villar has a long history starting as a wine trading company in the DO of Toro. It is now also active in the wine regions Rueda, Ribera del Duero, and Vino Tierra de Castilla y Leon.

Bodega Frutos Villar makes a wide range of wine under various brands: Conde de Siruela, Muruve, Calderona, Miralmonte, Conde Ansurez, Riberal, Don Frutos / vina Morejona, and Tasco.

The vineyards of Bodega Frutos Villar are mainly planted with the tempranillo grape variety for the red wines. For the rosé wines they use verdejo, tempranillo, albillo, and garnacha (grenache). They also make some white wine from e.g. verdejo and sauvignon blanc.

The winery is large scale and modern, with a mix of traditional installations and modern technology (eg a centrifuge for clarifying the wines). Some of the wines are aged in wooden barrels in the oak aging cellar. But in the village of Cigales they also have some very traditional and old fashioned underground cellars. On the outskirts of town there is an area with what looks like giant ant hills. In fact, it is the entrances to a vast labyrinth of hand-dug underground wine making and wine storing cellars. Today some of them are still used for wine making and others are used for receptions.

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Castilla y Leon Cigales Bodegas Frutos Villar - stock photo samples - Images by Per Karlsson

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